trick-or-treat for UNICEF

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

For 62 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has helped to motivate kids to become active citizens, as well as taught the fundamental value of helping others.  It is also one of the longest running youth volunteer initiatives in the country! It began in 1950 after World War II as girls and boys across the U.S. collected coins to help children affected by the war. In total, over $167 million have been raised to both save and improve the live’s of children in 190 countries and territories. Wow! $167 million. 190 countries. UNICEF is making a difference.

The Impact You Can Make

  • provides 1 packet of special powder that, when mixed with water, can save a child from deadly dehydration.
  • $1 buys 24 protein biscuits for a starving child.
  • $17 pays for vaccines to keep a kid safe from six killer diseases.
  • $18.57 provides three bed nets to protect families against mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria.
  • $26.95 buys a lifesaving first aid kit.

How Can You Help?

UNICEF encourages kids of all ages to go door-to-door on Halloween night and collecting funds for peers in other countries. In fact, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is introducing six new Halloween characters on the collection boxes. These new designs encourages expression through choice. The box choices include:

  • Patches
  • Bertha DeBroom
  • Count Change-ula
  • Shadow
  • Lady Pennyworth
  • Frank

There are also a host of other fundraising events you can participate in or put together on your own. The possibilities are really endless.


Box Design Contest

And, for the first time ever, UNICEF is holding it’s first Create-a-Character contest. Trick-or-Treaters are asked to participate in the box design contest with original art work for the collection boxes. Submitted designs will then have a chance to be used as part of the 2013 limited edition collection. Designs can be submitted through October 26th and will be announced on Halloween. Winning designs will be chosen in three age categories: 4-8, 9-12, and 13 and older. Good luck!

Learn more about UNICEF by liking them on Facebook or following along on Twitter.

Disclosure: This post is part of a non-compensated series for Global Team of 200: Mom Bloggers for Social Good. All opinions are 100% my own.